Weather story: Saturdays forecast called for a mostly cloudy day in the local area, however parts of southern and eastern Essex County hung onto periods of sunshine into the early afternoon. While residents in western and central Massachusetts were getting pounded by slow moving showers and thunderstorms, we managed to remain dry north of Boston until very late in the afternoon. Showers arrived around 5 to 5:30 p.m. and continued for several hours, winding down toward midnight. Meanwhile, the heaviest of the rainfall, along with embedded thunderstorms occurred west and south of Boston.
Rainfall totals in western Massachusetts were generally greater than 2 inches, with some locally higher amounts. East Longmeadow reported a whooping 4.69 inches of rain, Belchertown 2.80 inches and Hadley 2.54 inches. Closer to home there were reports of 2 to 3 inches falling in Worcester County, with Leicester reaching the high water mark at 3.60 inches, Brookfield reporting 3.17 inches and Shrewsbury at 2.60 inches. To the south of Boston there was a general 2 inch rainfall. Sharon came in with 2.06 inches, with the Cape Cod area also in the 2 inch range. The inner suburbs reported closer to around 1 inch of rainfall. Waltham reporting 1.18 inches. North of the city received the least amount from this event. Mostly one half to 1 inch of rain being reported.
Temperatures on Saturday were running below normal, with most coastal sections struggling to reach the low 70s. It was a bit warmer away from the ocean as highs climbed well into the 70s to near 80 degrees. A persistent easterly flow kept temperatures down all day.
After midnight skies remained cloudy, with a few spots of patchy fog developing. We woke up Sunday morning to spotty showers, drizzle and areas of patchy fog, with temperatures in the 60s. Clouds persisted through the day. Pockets of drizzle and a few sprinkles dotted the landscape as temperatures remained in the low to mid 70s for most of us.
Weather synopsis: High pressure expands over New England and gives us nicer weather early in the week.
The next feature is a frontal boundary to the south of New England, with a disturbance crossing southern New England. This will combine for a chance of showers Wednesday and Thursday.
Computer models suggest another disturbance will slide across the region late week or early next weekend. This will enhance chances for another batch of showers at that time.
Coolest temperatures are expected early in the week, with the mercury recovering to average levels by the end of the week.
5 DAY FORECAST:
Monday: Partly sunny skies. High temperatures 74 to 82, coolest on the shore. Winds northeast 5 to 10 mph, becoming southeast.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. Areas of patchy fog developing. Lows 60 to 64. Winds near calm.
Tuesday: Generally partly cloudy skies. Highs 77 to 83, coolest on the shore. Winds southeast 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday night: Becoming mostly cloudy, lows 62 to 66.
Wednesday and Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, chance of afternoon and evening showers. Highs 76 to 80. Overnight lows 66 to 70.
Thursday and Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies. Chance of afternoon and evening showers. Highs 82 to 86. Nighttime lows 66 to 70.